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Looking to Sell Your Home….Don’t Miss These 2 Tips

February 12th, 2014 categories: Uncategorized

Short Checklist to Help Your Home Sell

Of course you could make a really long checklist of things to do to sell your home.  Most of those things have some level of importance, but let’s focus on the majors.

Recently, I was talking with John Coley of Lake Martin Voice Realty and he emphasized the three areas to focus on when selling a home.  Taking care of these 3 areas is no guarantee to selling you home, but it certainly will improve your chances of selling your home quickly.  Let’s take a look at the first two areas to consider when selling a home.


1)  Pricing–  It is hard to argue with price.  I like the local Ford dealership’s motto which states “Price sells cars”.  I agree.  Price sells houses as well.  There are different strategies on pricing a home.  Some people stick to the theory that people are going to negotiate my price down, so I need to start high to give room to negotiate.  That is a valid point.  The problem with that reasoning is that pricing a home too high can scare away people from even looking at a home so you do not get as many offers.

In my opinion, there is a better strategy.  While it is true that negotiating is part of selling a home, I believe you are better to leave just a little negotiating room.  By pricing your home at a fair market value, you are more likely to get offers.  Buyers know when a home is a good price and they are more likely to give you an offer.  Wouldn’t you rather have offers coming in that you can accept or counter, than to have you home sitting waiting on the perfect offer?  I am not suggesting pricing your home below market value.  I am simply suggesting that a fair price that will attract buyers without letting your home sit on the market.


2) Staging–  You fill in the blank.  “You never get a second chance to make a __________  _____________”.   First impressions are very important when meeting people and also in the world of real estate.  For example, if you home is on the market and a potential buyer walks in and is immediately hit with a whiff of pet odor, it immediately creates a hurdle to overcome.  Staging is so important that now there is an industry of professional stagers to help homes sell.  Even without a professional staging company, a little bit of effort can help your home make a good first impressions.

Here are few things to keep in mind when staging your home.

Odors–  As mentioned, stinky homes are harder to sell.  If you home smells from smoke or animals, then carpet cleaning and air freshener are simple steps that can help.

Paint colors–  Painting is a little more work than spraying air freshener, but it your home has some unusual colors tones throughout, it would be a good idea to make the switch to more neutral colors.  Remember, it is time to think of what is going through the buyer’s mind.

Clutter–  Make sure you rooms are not filled with too much furniture which can make rooms look smaller.

Family photos–  It is not necessary to remove all photos, but it you home is loaded with them or other personal artwork, removing them make help the buyer see the house as a future home for them and not just someone else’s home I am viewing.

Fan memorabilia–  John Coley of Lake Martin Voice Realty helped me realize the importance of this one, especially in the state of Alabama.  If your home is painted orange and blue with Auburn logos all over the house, you probably have made a bad first impression on half of the state.  The same is true if you have Nick Saban statue in the front yard.  Football rivalries are fun, but let’s not lose a potential buyer over them.

If you are looking to buy a home, whether it is our first home or last home, Pike Road is a great choice.  Pike Road was recently name one of the top 12 zip codes in Alabama .  If you are looking to buy…or for that matter sell a home in Pike Road or East Montgomery, call 256-853-0357 or email [email protected].  To take a video tour of neighborhoods in Pike Road, visit the Neighborhoods page. 

First Time Home Buyer in Pike Road, AL

January 14th, 2014 categories: Uncategorized

Why I bought my first house in Pike Road

Let me reminisce a little.  Close to 5 years ago, I decided to purchase my first house.  I was getting married and looking to start a family.  We were on a tight budget so price was a factor.  Location was also very important, as was resell value.  We closed on a house in Bridle Brook Farms in the 140k range with a big yard and country living feel.  Let’s take a closer look at the 3 decision factors for buying a home in Pike Road and see how they apply today.

Price–  Pike Road has a wide range of prices for homes.  If you are on a smaller budget, then you may decide on a home like we did in Bridle Brook Farms.  Bridle Brook homes can be found from the 130k range up to around 200k.

Moving on up the scale, If your budget is in the lower 200k range, then neighborhoods like Woodland Creek and Stone Park have options for you.  The Waters has smaller homes in this price range as well.

If you are looking for a larger home with a budget over 300k then there are many options in Pike Road.  Bon Terre, Providence, The Waters, and Woodland Creek all have large homes, many sitting on large lots.  Bon Terre and Providence have some of the lowest square footage price in the area for newly constructed homes.

Location– Pike Road is convenient and looks to be becoming more convenient by the day.  Many neighborhoods in Pike Road are less than 10 minutes from Chantilly and Eastchase.  With the continuing developments along Chantilly, more and more businesses look to be moving closer to Pike Road.

Resell Value– While predicting resell value can obviously not be guaranteed, it is a great sign to see the advancements the Town of Pike Road is making.  The first and foremost of those advancements is the coming of the Pike Road School set to open in August 2015.  The opening of the new school will most likely increase the demand for houses in Pike Road, as parents look to enroll their children in the new school.  While this is no guarantee for home prices to increase, Pike Road’s continued development is certainly a good sign.

If you are looking to buy a home, whether it is our first home or last home, Pike Road is a great choice.  Pike Road was recently name one of the top 12 zip codes in Alabama .  If you are looking to buy…or for that matter sell a home in Pike Road or East Montgomery, call 256-853-0357 or email [email protected].  To take a video tour of neighborhoods in Pike Road, visit the Neighborhoods page. 


Town of Pike Road School Update: It’s a Go!

February 3rd, 2012 categories: Pike Road, Schools, Uncategorized

Home Buyers: It’s official – The Town of Pike Road is getting its own school system.

Screen shot 2012-01-17 at 12.51.05 PMOn October 11, 2011, Pike Road residents voted to raise property taxes to support a new, independent Pike Road school system.  Plans for this school have been in the works since 2006, and the approval of a 16 mill property tax increase means construction of a K-8 facility will begin in 2014.  Grades 9-12 will be phased in, one per year, thereafter.

The Town of Pike Road’s website is a great resource to find out more about the new school.  Here’s the short version of what it’s all about (for the longer version, click here):

The Pike Road School will be a Professional Development School, or PDS.  This means it will partner with 4 universities in this area to help future teachers learn alongside veteran teachers and university faculty.  The goal is a win-win environment for students in Pike Road, for the universities, and for other students in Alabama who will benefit from the resources and research done at the school.

The school will be within Montgomery County, but independent of the Montgomery Public School System.

But this is a real estate websiteWhy all the talk about a new school?

If you currently live in Pike Road, in my estimation, you’ll likely see property values rise.  Think of other independent school systems in Birmingham, for example, and the demand for housing in those zones.  This is merely anecdotal evidence, but since the vote in October, developments that have been ghost towns since the recession are booming: Bon Terre, Providence – have you been by in the last few months? Whoa.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a Realtor about properties in Pike Road, give us a call.  We’d love to help you find your piece of Pike Road and take advantage of the new school system. Call John at (334) 221-5862, or contact him by clicking here.

Stone Park at Pike Road – New Construction Homes for Sale

January 30th, 2012 categories: Neighborhoods, Pike Road, Uncategorized

Stone Park is a Pike Road neighborhood located off of Highway 80 at the Waugh exit of I-85, north of Montgomery, AL.  All homes in Stone Park are zoned for the upcoming Pike Road School.

If you need to jump on I-85 N quickly, like a suburban atmosphere in a rural part of Pike Road, and prefer neighborhood amenities like a pool and clubhouse, Stone Park might be a good fit.


Stone Park has new construction homes that are Craftsman in style.  According the Stone Park website, standard features include  10 foot ceilings, granite counter tops, custom cabinets, and fenced yards.  You’ll see exterior designs that are similar to most new-construction neighborhoods, i.e. 2 car garages on the front of homes. You’ll also see sidewalks and underground utilities.

Homes range in size from 2,015 SF – 3,200 SF, and prices begin in the low $200’s.

At this time, Stone Park is one of the closest new construction neighborhoods to the proposed Pike Road School site.  The new school will be located in the back of The Waters development, which is maybe a mile or two from Stone Park down Marler Road.

If you’d like more information on homes for sale right now in Stone Park, or have any questions about Pike Road real estate, call John at (334) 221-5862, email us at threeriversrecon @ coleyre. com, or simply click here to fill out the contact form.

Gray Ridge in Pike Road – New Construction Homes for Sale Now

January 27th, 2012 categories: Neighborhoods, Pike Road, Uncategorized

Gray Ridge is a Pike Road neighborhood that currently has homes and lots for sale, and Gray Ridge is zoned for the upcoming Pike Road School system.

Gray Ridge is small – there’s one main street that runs through the development – so there’s no thru traffic, and it’s very convenient to I-85.  Some parts of Pike Road are very rural, but Gray Ridge has a suburban feel. It backs up to the established neighborhood of Lochshire, and is also close to Bridle Brook and Woodland Creek.


Gray Ridge is just north of the Pike and Vaughn Roads intersection.  Turn left from Vaughn Road onto Pike Road, pass the CVS and entrance to Lochshire, and Gray Ridge is the next neighborhood on your right. You’re close to Vaughn  Road, Chantilly Parkway (Wal Mart, Home Depot), and The Shoppes at EastChase.  For a Pike Road location, it’s very close to East Montgomery, and since you can hop on I-85 quickly at either the Mitylene or Waugfh exits via Highway 80, drive time into the city is pretty quick.

Gray Ridge is another neighborhood that was originally begun before the recession of 2008.  One or maybe two homes were built, and then it sat silent for a few years.  It’s been in the hands of a couple of developers along the way, but Gray Ridge is now being built out by Stone Martin Builders. Similar to Bon Terre and Providence (both neighborhoods also on Pike Road), there are lots for sale and floor plans to choose from.  According to the ad in Montgomery Advertiser East Montgomery December 28, 2012 paper,  homes in Gray Ridge have 2,000 – 4,300 SF of living space and are priced from the $170’s to the $210’s.

I’ll let you do the math.

If you’d like to know more about homes and lots for sale right now in Gray Ridge, or have questions about Pike Road real estate in general,  contact us by clicking here, or call John at (334) 221-5862.